Jul 3, 2018

Meet the next possible incumbent slayers

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The Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wing of the party is only getting bigger. She has already endorsed at least four Democrats with upcoming House primaries in Kansas, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and Florida including two who are challenging incumbents.

  • Ayanna Pressley is running against Rep. Michael Capuano in Massachusetts and is one of at least 43 black women running as Democratic candidates this cycle.
  • Chardo Richardson is facing Rep. Stephanie Murphy in Florida who is a Blue Dog, a coalition of moderate Democrats.

And yesterday she backed Abdul el-Sayed, a Democratic candidate for Michigan governor who is running against the party's preferred choice.

Don't ignore these other insurgent Democratic challengers:

  • Cori Bush, a nurse, ordained pastor and community activist, is running against Rep. Lacy Clay in Missouri. She's pushing for Medicare for All and supports the movement to abolish ICE.
  • Kerri Harris was recently arrested while protesting Trump's immigration policies. She worked at a gas station frying chicken before filing to challenge Delaware's 18-year incumbent Sen. Tom Carper. "There aren’t enough voices in Congress that truly understand the plight of the average person," she told Axios.
  • Sarah Smith, 30, wants to unseat 11-term Rep. Adam Smith in Washington. "I work full time. I manage a mechanic garage. I have student debt," she told her local Fox station. "I'm every person in this district."
  • Kaniela Ing thinks "it's not enough to simply resist Donald Trump," per his website. He's backed by Ocasio-Cortez, supports impeaching POTUS, and he wants to take the incumbent's seat (who is now running for governor).

Riding the wave ... Some candidates are trying to capitalize on the grassroots uprising.

  • The campaign team for Kerri Harris sent out an email the day after Ocasio-Cortez's victory with the subject line: "Let’s make Kerri the next Ocasio!"
  • Two other Democratic women challenging incumbent men in Massachusetts have aligned themselves with Ocasio-Cortez and the NYT says both saw "an uptick in fund-raising and social media interest" after the upset.

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Top Trump ally sounds 2020 election alarm over coronavirus response

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There is growing concern among top conservative leaders that the Trump administration isn't addressing the long-term economic impact of the coronavirus, several sources tell Axios. One top adviser said if the recovery is bungled it could cost President Trump the election.

What we're hearing: "The next 4-8 weeks is really going to decide whether Trump gets reelected," Stephen Moore, Trump's former nominee for the Federal Reserve board, told Axios. If the administration mishandles its economic recovery efforts, he said, Trump is "in big trouble."

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 1,600,427 — Total deaths: 95,506 — Total recoveries: 354,006Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 465,329 — Total deaths: 16,513 — Total recoveries: 25,410Map.
  3. Public health latest: U.S. has expelled thousands of migrants under a CDC public health orderDr. Anthony Fauci said social distancing could reduce the U.S. death toll to 60,000.
  4. Business latest: The Fed will lend up to $2.3 trillion for businesses, state and city governments — After another 6.6 million jobless claims, here's how to understand the scale of American job decimation.
  5. 2020 latest: Top conservative leaders are concerned the Trump administration isn't addressing the virus' long-term economic impact.
  6. States latest: FEMA has asked governors to decide if they want testing sites to be under state or federal control.
  7. World latest: Lockdowns have led to a decline in murders in some of the world's most violent countries — Boris Johnson is moved out of the ICU but remains in hospital with coronavirus.
  8. In Congress: Senate in stalemate over additional funding for small business relief program.
  9. 1 SNL thing: "Saturday Night Live" will return this weekend in a remotely produced episode.
  10. What should I do? Hydroxychloroquine questions answeredPets, moving and personal healthAnswers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk.
  11. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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Federal court temporarily blocks coronavirus order against some abortions

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A federal judge ruled Thursday that clinics in Texas can immediately offer medication abortions — a pregnancy termination method administered by pill — and can also provide the procedure to patients nearing the state's time limits for abortions.

Driving the news: The decision comes after federal appeals court ruled 2-1 on Tuesday in favor of an executive order by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott that prohibits abortions during the coronavirus outbreak.

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